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GLENWOOD CITY — The City Council were given an update on the plans to demolish the old school building along East Oak Street, at their regular monthly meeting Monday evening, March 15th.
Greg Adams of Cedar Corporation out of Menomonie informed the Council about finishing the plans for the old school property. He noted about final grading to improve water run off and dividing the property into lots. He also talked about the problem of the foundation and the remains of the 1897 building that was destroyed by fire in 1958 and a lot of that building still remains under ground at the school site.
Adams noted that bidding for the demolition work should take place within the next month.
The Council heard from Sara Hitz, also from Cedar who gave the council an update on the plans for the new city municipality building and telling the council that they should have the bids in front of them for approval by the May meeting.
Chickens and dogs were also a topic of discussion at Monday night’s meeting. Barry Milune addressed the Council about the number of dogs that are allowed for any person to have. According to current city ordinance a person can have only three dogs within the city. But, according to the ordinance that was read to the County by Sharon Rosenow, Clerk/Treasurer, the council can make an exception to that rule.
Milune explained that he had three dogs and that two older dogs were given to him to care for after the owners were no longer able to take care of them. Milune noted that both dogs were very old and after they passed he would only have three dogs at his home. The council agreed to allow Milune to keep five dogs.
The Council also wrestled with the request to allow chickens within the residential zoned lots in the city. Councilperson Rob Unruh explained that a committee had met and discussed the idea and he presented a copy of the rules that the City of New Richmond has. After some discussion the council voted 4 to 1 to create an ordinance mirroring New Richmond’s, which will allow up to three hens on lots less than half an acre and up to five hens on lots of one acre or more. No roosters will be allowed. A fee will be imposed with the permit of $75 initially with a $15 renewal fee.
The Council addressed the problem with outsiders using the city’s recycling facility and agreed to change the way the recycling center identification process is presented. At present city residents have a small business card with their name on it that allows them to use the City’s recycling facility. The council agreed to go to a system where city residents will have a larger card that hangs from the rear view mirror of their vehicles, and this will allow city employees to identify them as city residents.
Mayor John Larson spoke about the State Department of Transportation informing the city that State Highway 128 will get a new surface its entire length from Elmwood to Highway 64. The question from the state is what the city would like to do with the city’s portion of that highway where it is wider than 22 feet.
The project is scheduled for 2025 and Larson noted that the estimate cost to the City is $70,000, and after some discussion the council agreed to spend that money for a better highway. They also learned that the Highway 170 project is scheduled be done this summer.
In other action they approved operator’s license to Carol M. Schmit and Isaac F. Nilssen and declared a 1989 Ford rescue vehicle as surplus property.